Peanut Allergies – a New Approach: In the past decade the incidence of food allergies have increased dramatically. During this time, allergists and pediatricians have been actively trying to prevent the onset of food allergies by delaying the introduction of highly allergic foods (peanuts, eggs, tree nuts) to infants.
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases have developed new guidelines that acknowledge there is no benefit to delaying introduction of allergenic foods. This is in response to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2015 which showed introducing peanuts into the diets of infants at high risk of developing food allergies at by 6 months of age reduced the incidence of food allergies at 1 year of age. These results were supported by studies that showed early introduction of allergenic foods to a random group of infants resulted in a reduction in the number of infants diagnosed with food allergies.
The new guidelines recommend that children with severe eczema have peanut containing foods introduced between 4 – 6 months of age, after undergoing allergy testing for peanuts. Children with mild or moderate eczema should have peanut containing foods introduced at or around 6 months of age, without having to undergo allergy testing. Lastly children who do not have eczema can have peanut containing foods offered at any time in the first year.
For many parents and providers the recommendations represent a dramatic change in feeding practices. For more information about feeding your infant, we have included an article from the American Academy of Pediatrics and we encourage you to read it. We also encourage parents to discuss any questions with your child’s provider at their next well child check. Read more…
Lice! Really?: My child was sent home from school with lice! Now what? Here is a link to our website where you can get information about the Cetaphil treatment, a non-toxic way, to get rid of lice as well as other information on how to delouse your house.
On June 6th Wareham Pediatrics will be installing a new electronic health record in our office called EPIC, replacing the current system we have been using since 2010.
Here’s another healthy recipe to satisfy every chocolate lovers sweet tooth.And, it includes a healthy secret ingredient that:
Look good? Read the recipe to find out!
Name: Ann Marie Sylvester
Here are a couple of fun running activities taking place in June:
Check out you local recreation department or YMCA and see what fun programs they offer to keep the whole family active this summer!
Here is a link to some local farmers markets. Most accept WIC and/or EBT. It’s a great way to get some healthy local produce!